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Attorneys general investigate role pharma companies played in opioid crisis

Josh Stein, North Carolina’s attorney general, announced on Tuesday that he and 40 other attorneys general had expanded their investigation into manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids in an attempt … Click to Continu...

How The Opioid Crisis Is Blowing A Hole In Small-Town America's Finances

Cities, towns and counties across the United States are struggling to deal with the financial costs of a drug addiction epidemic that killed 33,000 people in 2015 alone.

Small-Town American Budgets Devastated By Opioid Crisis As 41 States Subpoena Big Pharma

A surge in Opioid consumption, primarily prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl - a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine - and the resulting spike in overdose related deaths is devastating families in rural America. Show More Summary

Republican congressman blames opioid crisis on Medicaid

Republican Congressman Jim Renacci (OH) argued this week that Medicaid expansion in Ohio and other states may have caused the current opioid crisis ravaging the country. His comments come just ahead of a highly-anticipated vote on the Graham-Cassidy heath care bill, which would end Medicaid expansion and, eventually, the entire program. “Medicaid was, in some […]

The only thing Trump is doing to end the opioid crisis rewards the companies that started it

A month after he said he would, President Trump has yet to declare the opioid epidemic a national crisis. He has, however, created a public-private partnership with some of the very companies that addicted America, according to Politico. Show More Summary

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

INDIANA, Pa./CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (Reuters) - As deaths mount in America's opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost.

How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America’s finances

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

As deaths mount in America’s opioid crisis, communities on the front lines face a hidden toll: the financial cost. Ross County, a largely rural region of 77,000 people an hour south of Columbus, Ohio, is wrestling with an explosion in opioid-related deaths – 44 last year compared to 19...

News Roundup & Open Thread – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Opioid Crisis: Christie to spend $200 million to address the problem. (Chart above: NJ.com) Rutgers scientists continue post-Sandy research. Using unmanned underwater vehicles, scientists on the Piscataway campus are recording and modeling hurricanes to assist in better prediction. Making College accessible to...Read more

Trump Still Hasn't Officially Declared The Opioid Crisis A National Emergency

WASHINGTON ? More than a month after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced that he would declare a national emergency on the opioid crisis, he has yet to make it official.

This former hedge fund guy is a one-man nonprofit investigating some of America’s shadiest companies

Earlier this year, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) launched an investigation into the role of America’s drug makers in fueling the country’s opioid crisis. Her first report, “Fueling an Epidemic: Insys Therapeutics and the Systemic...Show More Summary

Trump Still Hasn’t Officially Declared The Opioid Crisis A National Emergency

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Trump had announced he was "drawing documents now" to tackle "a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had."

Insurers are blocking patient access to pricy non-addictive painkillers — as opioid crisis rages

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are...

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.

Crypto assets let nonprofits raise money like never before

GUEST: In two weeks a nonprofit less than a year old is going to raise tens of millions of dollars to help homeless people. Alongside its more established partner nonprofits, it will fight the opioid crisis, house LGBT teens that are homeless, and give away technology and training to those below the poverty line. Cryptocurrencies — […]

An inside look at the hunt for fentanyl, the deadly opioid driving the overdose crisis

5 days agoNews : USAToday: News

Customs officers have three tools in the search for fentanyl: a old X-ray machine, a borrowed handheld laser, and four newly trained to canines.        

Chris Christie to announce $200 million to fight opioid crisis

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will announce this week $200 million in new initiatives to target the opioid crisis, primarily designed to overhaul addiction services, as he makes a final push on the issue he hopes will define his legacy. In a 90-minute interview with NJ Advance Media on...

Trump wants to bring jobs back. Fixing the opioid crisis is part of that task | Rakeen Mabud

In a new paper, labour economist Alan Krueger finds that employment dropped in areas where more opioids are prescribed. Our so-called ‘jobs president’ must act By all accounts, we are living in a humanitarian and public health crisis. Show More Summary

Ohio Police are Outrageously Charging Opioid Overdose Survivors With a Trumped-Up Misdemeanor

The controversial new policy aims to curb the rising rates of overdoses in Miami County, Ohio. As Ohio communities seek relief from the opioid crisis, some are testing a controversial approach to address high rates of drug overdoses....Show More Summary

Indiana, Reeling from Opioid Crisis, Arms Officials with Data

Indiana could provide a model of how states can better understand the spread and dangers of opioids.

A month after Trump declared opioids a 'national emergency,' his team still has no plan

As it turns out, a presidential declaration of national emergency doesn't amount to much. When President Trump announced in early August, following a presidential commission’s recommendations, that the opioid crisis was a “national emergency,”...Show More Summary

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